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whereof of a considerable estate in lands, and among others, of

a William

a large and valuable tract, lying on Mattapony river, Todd is siez. ed, docked in the county of King and Queen, and of another tract,

containing about one thousand acres, lying on the Dra-
gon swamp, in the parish of Saint Steplien, in the said
county of King and Queen, and being so seised, he, the
said Thomas Todd, in and by his certain deed poil,
bearing date the sixteenth day of March, one thousand
seven hundred and pine, for the considerations threin
mentioned, did give and grant to bis son WJlian Todd,
and the heirs of his body, begotten of Martha Viraris,
his intended wife, five hundred acres of land, part of his
said tract on Maitapony river, to be laid ont couve-
nient to the said William's plantation, as by the said
deed, acknowledged by the donor, and recorded in the
county court of Gloucester, may more fuiy appear;
and the said Thomas Todd, in and by his last wili and
testament, in writing, bearing date the fourth day of
March, one thousand seven hundred and twenty three,
did give and devise the said tract of land, on Mattr po-
ny river, to bis two sons, the said William and Philip
Todd, as tenants in common in tail male, with cross
remainders between them, and divers other remainders,
and did, in and by the same will, among other things,
give and devise the said tract of land, on the Dragon
swamp, unto his son Richard, and the heirs male of his
body, and for default of such issue male, to his said son
William Todd, and the heirs male of his body, with
divers other remainders, as in and by the said will, du-
ly proved, and recorded in the said county court of
Gloucester, may more fully appear, and soon afterwards
the said testator died, so seised of all the said two tracts
of land, except the five hundred acres so conveyed to
the son William Todd. And whereas by the deaths of
the said Pbilip and Richard Todd, the sons, without
issue male, the whole of the said two tracts of land so
vested in the said William Todd, and is now descended
and come to William Todd, of the county of King and
Queen, gentleman, as grandson and heir male of the
body of the said William Todd, the elder, by the said
Martha Vicaris, named in the said decd poll, with whom
he intermarried, but for want of slaves suficient to cul-
tivate the said lands, the same yield but very little pro-
fit. And it is represented to this general assembly, that
it will be greatly to the advantage of the said William
Todd, the grandson, and those claiming in remainder

or reversion, to sell the said tract of land, on the Dra. gon swamp, and lay out the money in the purchase of slaves, to be annexed to, and worked upon the other lands, and forasmuch as notice hath been published three Sundays successively in the several churches of the said parish of St. Stephen, that application would be made to this present general assembly to dock the intail of the said tract of land, on the Dragon swamp, and settle slaves, to be purchased with the money arising from the sale theri jf, to the same uses, pursuant to your majesty's instructions, to which Harry Todd, the next brother, and presumptive heir male of the said William Todd, is consenting: May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said William Todd, that it may be enacted, And be it enacted, by the Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the said tract of land, lying on the Dragon swamp, whereof the said Williain Todd is seised, be, and the same is hereby vested in George Brooke, Gregory Baylor, William Lyne, John Tayloe Corbin, and Richard Tunstal, junior, gentle+ men, or any three of them, the survivors, or survivivor of them, and the heirs, executors, or administrators of such survivor, in trust, that they, or the major part of them, or their survivors, or survivor, shall fair. ly sell and dispose of the said land, for the best price that can be had for the same, and convey such land to the purchaser, or purchasers, in fee simple, who shall forcyer hold and enjoy the same, freed and discharged of the limitations in the will of the said Thomas Todd, the elder.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore. said, That the said trustees, or the major part of them, as aforesaid, shall fairly lay out the money, arising from such sale, afier defraying the expences of passing this act, and the sale, in the purchase of slaves, of which one half to be females, and shall cause the names of such siaves, when purchased, together with an account of the cost thereof, of the sales of the land, and expences, as aforesaid, to be recorded in the county court of King and Queen, and from thenceforth the said slaves, and their future increase, shall be vested in the said William Todd, and the beirs male of his body forever, and, for want of such male issue, shall descend, pass, and go with the other lands, whereof the said William

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Todd is seised as tenant in tail male, to such person, or persons, for the like estate or interest therein, to whom the said land, on the Dragon swamp, would have de scended and gone by virtue of the limitations of the will of the said Thomas Todd, deceased, if this act had never been made.

III. And whereas the bounds of the five hundred acres of land, conveyed by the deed poll from Thomas Todd to William Todd, herein before mentioned, have never been ascertained, which might occasion future disputes in the family, in case the said William Todd should die without issue male, as is probable, he having at present only daughters, who, in case of his death, will succeed to the inheritance of the said five hundred acres, and to none other part of the said intailed lands; to prevent which disputes it hath been agreed, between the said William Todd and the above named Harry Todd, the next remainder man, to settle the bounds of the said five hundred acres of land, as followeth, to wit, beginning at a corner of the land of Mr. Robinson Daingerfield, upon Mattapony run, and running thence down the said run to a corner red oak and ivy, standing on the east side of the forge pond, thence south twenty one degrees forty-five minutes east, one hundred and eighty-six poles to a cedar tree, standing on the west side of the road from the chapel bridge to Todd's warehouse, thence down the said road to a marked corner, near its intersection with the road from the forge, thence south thirty-seven and an half degrees east, thirty five poles, to a wild cherry tree and gum, or the west side of the stop branch, thence up the said branch to the head thereof, and thence north four degrees fifty minutes west, four hundred and thirty-four poles, to the beginning: Be it therefore further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the bounds of the said five hundred acres of land, so conveyed by the said deed poll, from the said Thomas Todd to the said William Todd, the elder, shall, forever hereafter, be held, deemed, and taken to be as the same are, so as aforesaid, particularly described: Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs, and successors, and to all and every other person, and persons, bodies politic and corporate, their respective heirs, and successors, other than the persons claiming under the wiil or deed poll of the said Thomas Todd, all such right, title, or interest, as they, every, or any of them, could or might have claimed,

if this act had never been made: Provided always, That the execution of this act shall be, and the same is hereby suspended, until his majesty's approbation thereof shall be obtained.

CHAP. LXIII.

in act to dock the intail of certain

lands whereof John Hancock is seised, and for settling other lands and slaves in lieu thereof.

WHEREAS Anne Scarlett, formerly of the county Intail of cer. of Stailord, was seised in fee simple of and in a tract of lain lands

whereof land, containing seven hundred and forty acres, situate John Han.

. then in the said county of Stafford, but now in the pa-cock is seizrish of Dettingen, in the county of Prince William, and ed, docked. being so seised, she, the said Anne Scarlett, by her deed poll, bearing date the twelfth day of October, one thousand six hundred and ninety-six, did give and grant the said tract of land to her son Joshua Green, and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten, and for default of such heirs, to his two sisters Anne and Lettice Green, and the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten, with other remainders over, as in and by the said deed, recorded in the said county court of Stafford, may more fully appear, by virtue of which deed the said Joshua Green entered into the said lands and premises, and died seised thereof without issue, whereupon t!le said Anne Green, and Lettice Green, entered into the same lands and premises, and made partition thereof between them, and three hundred and seventy acres, called Deep Hule tract, being thereby allotted to and for the purparty of the said Letlice Green, is descended and come to John Hancock, as great grandson, and heir of the body of the said Lettice. And whereas the said John Hancock, and Margaret his wife, in her right, are seised in fee simple of and in a tract of land, containing four hundred and fifty acres, lying in the county of Amherst, formerly Albemarle, which was purchased by the said Margaret when sole, by the name of Margaret Muschett,

of Robert Rose, clerk, and conveyed by deeds of lease and release, bearing date the sixth and seventh days of February, one thousand seven hundred and forty-four, duly recorded in the said county court of Albemarle, And it is represented to this general assembly, that is will be for the advantage of the said John Hancock, and those claiming in remainder or reversion, to sel! the said tract of land, in the county of Prince Willia!n, and to settle the said land in the county of Amherst, together with several slaves to be annexed thereto, to the same uses, to which the said Margaret Hancock hath freely and voluntarily consented. And forasmuch as n tice hath been published three Sundays succes. sively in the several churches of the said parish of Dettingea, that application would be made to this present general assembiy for an act to dock the intail of the said lands in the county of Prince William, and to settle other lands and slaves to the same uses, pursuant to your majesty's instructions: May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said John Hancock, and Margaret his wife, that it may be enacted, And be it enacted, by the Governor, Couna cil, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the said tract of land, called Deep Hole, in the county of Prince William, whereof the said John Hancock is seised in tee tail, be, and the same is hercby vested in the said John Hancock, bis heirs and assigns forever, to his and their own proper use, and that the said tract of land, in the county of Amherst, so purchased by the said Margaret Hancock, of Robert Rose, together with twelve negro slaves, whereof the said Jobin Hancock is possessed, called and known by the names of Nero, Jacob, Great Peter, Little Peter, Lewis, Daniel, Winny, Rose, Judah, Nai, Chloe, and Maria, with the future increase of the females, be, and the same are hereby vested in the said John Hancock, and the heirs of his body, and in default thereof, shall descend, pass, and go, to such person, or persons, and for such estate and interest there ill, as the said lands, in the county of Prince William, would have remained, descended, and gone, by virtue of the limitations in the said deed poll of the said Anne Scarlett, if this act had never been made. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, bis heirs and successors, and to all and every other person, or persons, bodies politic and corporate, their respective heirs and

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